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Not Thinking

By Michelle K. Wolf

June 21, 2013 | 6:37 pm

The saying that “a picture tells a thousand words” has never been more true than with the recent online criticism of a 2nd grade class photo from British Columbia in which a student who... read on

  • A Place At the Table

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 14, 2013 | 5:24 pm

    Do you remember that feeling when you finally graduated from the “kid’s table” to the “grown up” table? At large family gatherings, the kid’s table was invariably a smaller, more flimsy table, shoved into some corner, or at the very far end of the main table, far enough away that... read on

  • School’s Out for Summer – Now What?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 6, 2013 | 11:40 pm

    No more pencils
    No more books
    No more teacher's dirty looks

    --Alice Cooper

    I can’t really believe that tomorrow is the last day of school. Tonight, I ran out at the last minute to buy gift cards for our son’s special education teacher, 1:1 aide and a few other classroom aides... read on

  • Adversity, Avocados and AA

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 23, 2013 | 10:12 pm

    God grant me the serenity
    To accept the things I cannot change;
    Courage to change the things I can;
    And wisdom to know the difference

    --Serenity Prayer, Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr

    It all started with a promise of some cake for our son, Danny.

    At the invitation of a new friend... read on

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  • Urgent Action Needed for Self-Determination legislation in CA

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 17, 2013 | 6:13 pm

    Isn’t it time to give people with developmental disabilities and their families in California the power to take charge of their own services and supports?

    SB 468 creates a statewide self-determination program as an alternative to the traditional method of providing Regional... read on

  • Ten Lessons from Special Needs Motherhood

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    May 8, 2013 | 9:28 pm

    "But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
    "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
    "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
    "You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”

    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in... read on

  • Advancing Special Needs Programs: Start Where the Funder Is At

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 26, 2013 | 6:59 pm

    In the field of social work, there’s a core concept of “starting where the client is at” meaning that the therapist or social worker needs to begin working with the client without pre-judging the situation, and not moving too far ahead of the client’s needs. So, for example, if the... read on

  • Leveling the Playing Field

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 16, 2013 | 10:39 pm

    Long before I was married and had kids, I always imagined I’d be spending some quality time watching my children participate in some type of group sporting activity. Not that I had ever played organized sports as a kid-- there weren’t a lot of options for girls growing up then and... read on

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